This quilt was inspired when my sister's guild held a challenge activity a couple of years ago to make red and white quilts. There had been a fabulous exhibition of them and the pictures were fascinating.
Then a lifelong friend's son was getting married. His new bride is a fashion designer, loves romantic styles and has developed a fine appreciation for hand made and sewn objects. They live in New York City, so the urban influence on their lifestyle would not be neglected. Thinking of a red and white quilt seemed logical, but then I saw their wedding registry included red and gray color schemes.
I wanted to make a bold statement, yet a traditional design and something they would be able to use. I chose a traditional block, Jacob's Ladder, and came up with an original arrangement of the blocks. The red fabric is a glowing print, and the gray is Kona cotton. The back is a red roses on red print, a wide backing fabric. It is 5x5 12 inch blocks plus two borders, about 80" square. Even though I made 25 identical, two-color blocks, I did not get bored making this quilt. I quilted it with red thread on my Jewel long arm.
I've entered this into the Blogger Quilt Festival as my second contribution.